Pennsylvania · Political

Continental soldiers begin an armed protest against Congress after not receiving wages for their military services

June 20, 1783 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Approximately 400 continental soldiers protest Congress, demanding payment for their services during the American Revolutionary War The soldiers had assembled the day before, growing in number from 80 to 400. On June 20, they blocked the doors to the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall) and secured some of… Continue reading Continental soldiers begin an armed protest against Congress after not receiving wages for their military services

Executions · Ohio · Political

The prolonged torture/execution of Col. William Crawford

June 11, 1782 Near the Sandusky River, Illinois Country, New France (modern day Wyandot County, Ohio) Col. William Crawford is executed by the Delaware Natives Col. Crawford's execution was in retaliation for the Gnadenhütten massacre in March of 1782 which claimed the lives of 96 non-combative, Christian-convert Delaware Natives. What makes the execution especially notable… Continue reading The prolonged torture/execution of Col. William Crawford

Massachusetts

Elderly soldier kills 3 enemy soldiers, is shot in the face, bayoneted, survives for 18 more years

April 19, 1775 Arlington, Massachusetts 78-year-old Samuel Whittemore, considered to be the oldest colonial combatant, kills 3 British soldiers, receives several grave wounds, and lives nearly 2 more decades before dying of natural causes Whittemore spotted a British relief brigade sent to assist retreating British troops during the Battles of Lexington and Concord. He ambushed… Continue reading Elderly soldier kills 3 enemy soldiers, is shot in the face, bayoneted, survives for 18 more years

Canada · Female Killers

Woman executed for murder of her husband, begins a ghost story about her skeleton

April 18, 1763 Quebec City, Quebec Marie-Josephte Corriveau is hanged for the murder of her second husband, and placed in a gibbet Corriveau's first husband may or may not have died as a result of being wed to Corriveau. While there is no concrete evidence suggesting she may have murdered him, rumors circulated after her… Continue reading Woman executed for murder of her husband, begins a ghost story about her skeleton